What we all know: yesterday, the Supreme Court issued an opinion confirming the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. In a 5-4 majority opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Court decided that the individual mandate — the requirement that all individuals obtain health insurance or face stiff fines — is constitutional as a tax. For those of us who view the Affordable Care Act as an infringement on liberty, as a potential economic disaster, and particularly as unconstitutional, yesterday was a sad day.
As a huge skeptic of Obamacare, I (Masonides) was disappointed, too, although I understand the majority’s reasoning. But, whether I like the decision or not, the case highlights just how unique and wonderful government in America can be. (And I don’t really like government all that much.)